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Joel Launches a New Kickstarter

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29 Replies to “Joel Launches a New Kickstarter”

  1. Terry the Sensitive Knight
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    ugh, I keep forgetting they added those “cute’ new robots

    that’s the sort of thing classic MST3K used to mock…

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  2. Terry the Sensitive Knight
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    Actually, I’m pretty sure they *did* mock the show-adds-cute-new-character-to-boost-ratings gimmick
    Timmy Bobby Rusty, anyone?

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  3. goalieboy82
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    Terry the Sensitive Knight:
    Actually, I’m pretty sure they *did* mock the show-adds-cute-new-character-to-boost-ratings gimmick
    Timmy Bobby Rusty, anyone?

    its called Cousin Oliver Syndrome.

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  4. Mr. Sack
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    I like the Rolfe-like Growler. M. Waverly…eh, he’s not too bad.

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  5. Megalon
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    They’ve already broken the day-one record from the first Kickstarter (about $850k), and it has only been about 6 hours.

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  6. MonkeyPretzel
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    Joel’s got some mighty ambitious plans for the future. This is going to be interesting to see how it all shakes out.

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  7. mikeschr
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    I missed out on the last Kickstarter, but I wanted to make sure to get in on this one, so I just pledged. Very much looking forward tp this.

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  8. waverly
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    Mr. Sack:
    I like the Rolfe-like Growler.M. Waverly…eh, he’s not too bad.

    I dunno. I kinda like the little orange guy.

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  9. Jason
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    So is the Gizmoplex going to be MST3K’s own streaming service?

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  10. claybone
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    Wonderful news! I was hoping that Joel wasn’t going to make cast changes or just film live shows. I love the current cast as well as the studio sets and other visuals such as the movie sign door sequence. Joel is so visually creative that it’s hard to imagine the live shows being a sufficient outlet for his special brand of visual creativity.

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  11. dudehitscar
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    I’m in! So glad Jonah, Hampton, and Baron are getting more episodes.

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  12. Mr. Sack
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    Over 98% in 24 hours! THAT’S impressive! Here’s to making the stretch goals faster than last time!

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  13. Kenneth Morgan
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    They reached $2 million a few minutes ago.

    This seems appropriate: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vRe944bOiAs

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  14. mikeschr
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    Jason:
    So is the Gizmoplex going to be MST3K’s own streaming service?

    It certainly sounds that way.

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  15. Barry
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    Jason:
    So is the Gizmoplex going to be MST3K’s own streaming service?

    Sort of, it’s going to be a combination of what Rifftrax’s website has, where you can download DRM-free versions of the upcoming HD episodes as well as watch them on the site. Gizmoplex will also have capabilities like Scener where they can premiere content live and have multiple webcams for Q&A’s and chat for audience interaction. So there will be timed live events, that will require a day/month pass to view, as well as content you purchased. It is also possible they will have free content, like perhaps Turkey Day will play here. There has been no word of classic episodes, to my knowledge, but I presume they will have a bulk of the catalog here to purchase as classic episode digital downloads were promised as part of the Kickstarter.

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  16. John Harris
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    I *really* like the new robots! Don’t be so closed-minded everyone, the show has to grow and evolve, and the new characters provide a way to avoid the same host segment patterns we’ve all seen many times before: Crow shirks schoolwork/writes a script/is sarcastic, Tom is bombastic/sings a song/is sarcastic, or the both team up to mess with the Human.

    Back in the Comedy Central days, when Joel left, I expressed great and really overblown concern, in a Compuserve forum (remember THAT?), that the show was losing its way, that without Joel it was becoming just a bunch of slot-in characters. Now, Joel is BACK, and the slot-in characters are a lot of fun! I was wrong. The show’s premise really is strong enough to be bent and warped and still work. Or so says I, and we all know how right I always am.

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  17. Lawgiver
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    John Harris:
    I *really* like the new robots! Don’t be so closed-minded everyone, the show has to grow and evolve, and the new characters provide a way to avoid the same host segment patterns we’ve all seen many times before: Crow shirks schoolwork/writes a script/is sarcastic, Tom is bombastic/sings a song/is sarcastic, or the both team up to mess with the Human.

    Back in the Comedy Central days, when Joel left, I expressed great and really overblown concern, in a Compuserve forum (remember THAT?), that the show was losing its way, that without Joel it was becoming just a bunch of slot-in characters. Now, Joel is BACK, and the slot-in characters are a lot of fun! I was wrong. The show’s premise really is strong enough to be bent and warped and still work. Or so says I, and we all know how right I always am.

    See, I always thought that everyone has the right to their own opinion. Calling someone close-minded because they don’t agree with you is what children do. It’s possible for civilized people to disagree about something yet have reasonable discussion about it without calling other people names.

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  18. touches no one's life, then leaves
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    “It’s possible for civilized people to disagree about something yet have reasonable discussion about it without calling other people names.”

    Well, lots of things are possible

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  19. mando3b
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    Yes, every show must “grow and evolve”, but that doesn’t mean that every change is going to be good. As someone mentioned on this site earlier, the new ‘bots have a Muppet-like feel to them, and not in a good way–too cute, and too precious by half. The bridge on the SOL isn’t that big a space. No need to overcrowd, IMHO.

    Personally, I love how Joel has taken his baby back and is experimenting with different approaches to it. Jonah is great (Emily is, too). I’ve always liked the idea of an actual female-person actress playing Gypsy, and making her slimmer and trimmer is okay, too. For me, the jury is still out on the rest of the cast. Trace and Kevin set the bar very high with Crow & Servo. I hope this time around, they give the Mads Felicia and Patton more to do. Finally, “The Gauntlet” was ruined for me by the fact that the movies they chose were unwatchable, with or without riffs. Dig up some more older fodder, I say–the newer a turkey is, the more ghastly. Overall, it would help to ratchet the production values down a bit: part of the charm of the classic show is its home made feel. Again, “new” does not automatically mean “better” . . .

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  20. michaelkz
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    I’ll let others feed the Kickstarter this time. I’ll just wait and see what comes out the other end.

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  21. michaelkz
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    mando3b:
    Yes, every show must “grow and evolve”, but that doesn’t mean that every change is going to be good. As someone mentioned on this site earlier, the new ‘bots have a Muppet-like feel to them, and not in a good way–too cute, and too precious by half. The bridge on the SOL isn’t that big a space. No need to overcrowd, IMHO.

    Personally, I love how Joel has taken his baby back and is experimenting with different approaches to it. Jonah is great (Emily is, too). I’ve always liked the idea of an actual female-person actress playing Gypsy, and making her slimmer and trimmer is okay, too. For me, the jury is still out on the rest of the cast. Trace and Kevin set the bar very high with Crow & Servo. I hope this time around, they give the Mads Felicia and Patton more to do. Finally, “The Gauntlet” was ruined for me by the fact that the movies they chose were unwatchable, with or without riffs. Dig up some more older fodder, I say–the newer a turkey is, the more ghastly. Overall, it would help to ratchet the production values down a bit: part of the charm of the classic show is its home made feel. Again, “new” does not automatically mean “better” . . .

    That one with Lee Majors was pretty good, but most of them were painful, like the deep sea creature one made by Roger Corman. Snoozefest.

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  22. Kenneth Morgan
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    michaelkz: That one with Lee Majors was pretty good, but most of them were painful, like the deep sea creature one made by Roger Corman. Snoozefest.

    I thought “Mac and Me” was pretty bad, but at least it had a good musical score, and the disabled kid was portrayed as fully adjusted to his condition and able to function. “Atlantic Rim” wasn’t just lousy, it tried to be purposely lousy, which is worse. “Lords of the Deep” tried to be nothing more than an “Abyss/DeepStar Six” rip-off, which is OK, but it was cut too much for the show. “Day Time Ended” had some interesting ideas and good stop-motion, but was too confusing. “Killer Fish” was a good attempt, but that one was also cut too much for the show. And “Ator” just was a worse movie than it’s less-worse sequel. In general, I thought The Gauntlet worked OK, though. I wouldn’t consider any of the movies “unwatchable”.

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  23. Ro-man, aka one of several possible Steves
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    I’ve got mixed feelings about this, but more than anything, I’m happy there is still so much interest in our beloved “cowtown puppet show”. Sure, not everything in the past two seasons, or what I saw of the live cast, were to my taste 100%. But it still felt like an old friend–changed over the years as we all do–but still familiar, entertaining, and somewhat comforting.
    I’m certainly willing to throw in support for more episodes. Count me in!

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  24. michaelkz
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    Kenneth Morgan: I thought “Mac and Me” was pretty bad, but at least it had a good musical score, and the disabled kid was portrayed as fully adjusted to his condition and able to function.“Atlantic Rim” wasn’t just lousy, it tried to be purposely lousy, which is worse.“Lords of the Deep” tried to be nothing more than an “Abyss/DeepStar Six” rip-off, which is OK, but it was cut too much for the show.“Day Time Ended” had some interesting ideas and good stop-motion, but was too confusing.“Killer Fish” was a good attempt, but that one was also cut too much for the show.And “Ator” just was a worse movie than it’s less-worse sequel.In general, I thought The Gauntlet worked OK, though.I wouldn’t consider any of the movies “unwatchable”.

    Mac and Me is enjoyable trash. I hated how Atlantic Rim discarded any tenets of low-budget movie making. Easily the worst MSTed movie ever due to its very nature.

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  25. mando3b
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    michaelkz: Mac and Me is enjoyable trash. I hated how Atlantic Rim discarded any tenets of low-budget movie making. Easily the worst MSTed movie ever due to its very nature.

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    Agreed. But for me, Mac & Me was decidedly NOT enjoyable. The kid in the wheelchair is nice, but Ronald McDonald is Satan and the aliens are ugly and unlovable. Mac & Me & Atlantic Rim were the worst one-two punch in the history of MST3K. And Lords of the Deep made it a trifecta. Just thinking about them again has me on the verge of another episode . . . I was so traumatized that the other movies in The Gauntlet are now just a blur, though I do kind of remember that I wanted to see The Day Time Ended again. I’ll say again: the state of the art for cinema today can give bad movies a superficial patina of competence that only makes their awfulness that much harder to take.

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  26. Master Ninja 2
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    I pledged $100, but I still maintain that Atlantic Rim is the worst of the entire series. Great host segments, though!

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  27. mando3b
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    Master Ninja 2: I still maintain that Atlantic Rim is the worst of the entire series. Great host segments, though!

    Ironically, the host segments in The Gauntlet were generally much better than in S11 (except for “Every Country Has a Monster”).

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  28. mando3b
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    Kenneth Morgan: I wouldn’t consider any of the movies “unwatchable”.

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    For me there are Unwatchables in every season.

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